KU masters students taking the ALT808:Creative Writing course had a chance to listen to a presentation by Mr. Lucas Wafula of East African Educational Publishers, the leading publisher in the region. The presentation focussed on the writing and publishing process. This was one of the initiatives of the department of literature intended to link the departmental programmes to industry.
The department of literature held a party to bid farewell to the former DVC, Administration, Prof. Wangari Mwai who was a dedicated member of the department. The party also served as a forum to celebrate the acquisition of PhD's by three members of the department, namely Dr. Anna Kula Miti, Dr. Ann Okungu and Dr. Kariuki Banda.
The department of literature held a party to bid farewell to the former DVC, Administration, Prof. Wangari Mwai who was a dedicated member of the department. The party also served as a forum to celebrate the acquisition of PhD's by three members of the department, namely Dr. Anna Kula Miti, Dr. Ann Okungu and Dr. Kariuki Banda.
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
Department of Literature meeting with External Examiner
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
Seminar in the Literature Resource Centre
An academic staff seminar occurred in the Department of Literature on 13th October, 2016
An academic staff seminar occurred in the Department of Literature on 13th October, 2016
Colloquium to celebrate 50 years since the publication of Okot p'Bitek's Song of Lawino
Colloquium to celebrate 50 years since the publication of Okot p'Bitek's Song of Lawino
Literature Seminar: The presenter was Prof. Garvin Cologne-Brooks, a visiting scholar and creative writer from the United States
Meeting with the External Examiner. Dr. Joseph Muleka of the University of Nairobi
An academic staff seminar occurred in the Department of Literature on 13th October, 2016
The department of literature held a party to bid farewell to the former DVC, Administration, Prof. Wangari Mwai who was a dedicated member of the department. The party also served as a forum to celebrate the acquisition of PhD's by three members of the department, namely Dr. Anna Kula Miti, Dr. Ann Okungu and Dr. Kariuki Banda.

Date: 15-18 August 2018, Kampala
Deadline: 10 June 2018

Applications are invited for a four-day academic writing workshop hosted by AMLA in Kampala between 15-18 August, 2018. The workshop targets early career scholars of African Literary and Cultural Studies. It is designed and organised as part of a collaboration between the Arts Managers and Literary Activists (AMLA) Network, the journal East African Literary and Cultural Studies (EALCS), University of Exeter and University of Bristol.

The workshop will support the preparation of academic articles for publication in high impact international research journals, as well as opening up opportunities for new collaborations and conversations.
We are also working on a linked Special Issue of East African Literary and Cultural Studieson ‘New Approaches to Literary Activism in in 21st Century Africa’ and will consider some of the articles developed through this workshop for the issue.

The workshop will include sessions on ‘Journal Publishing: Processes & Opportunities’, ‘Writing and Revising your Journal Article’ and ‘Writing a Successful Research Grant Application’, as well as a chance to build links with the editors of leading journals in this area. In addition, each participant will receive intensive one-to-one feedback on their work with the intention of finalising an article and having it ready for submission through this process.

Accommodation will be provided for all participants. We are also able to offer limited travel bursaries for scholars based on the African continent.
This academic writing workshop will be hosted alongside the third AMLA annual workshop for aspiring arts managers and literary activists. By bringing researchers into dialogue with leading literary and cultural producers based on the African continent, our intention is to expand the possibilities for work that offers new approaches to literary activism and cultural production in 21st century Africa. The workshop will be closed by Prof Taban Lo Liyong, whose keynote address will open the 6th Writivism Festival.

Application Guidelines
This workshop will bring together early career researchers of African Literary and Cultural Studies based on the African continent, including those working on or through African cultural history, performance, literatures, music, visual cultures, gender, media and technology, creative industries, world literature and postcolonial studies. We are particularly interested in work that engages with Africa’s myriad modes of literary activism and engagement from new writing prizes to literary festivals and spoken word nights; translation initiatives to mobile libraries and book distribution outlets; podcasting and social media to small magazines and print books.
Early career scholar here is defined as scholars working towards or within 6 years of having received a PhD.

To be considered for the workshop, please submit:

  • A short CV (including date of conferral or expected conferral of PhD)
  • An abstract of between 300 and 500 words for an article to be developed through the workshop
    to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10th June 2018.

Please note selected participants will be notified by 20th June 2018. Participants will then be expected to submit a draft of the article to be developed through the workshop by 30 July 2018.
This writing workshop has been funded by the British Academy.

 

dr esther mithi

Dr. Esther Katheu Mbithi
Chairperson
Literature Department


Literature Department External Examiners

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